Senior Web Designer Salary (United States)

A typical Senior Web Designer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $65,386 per year. Pay begins at $43,202 on the low end and climbs to $95,131 per year near the top. The range in cash compensation ($43,986 to $89,334) includes potential earnings of $9,784 each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Generous benefits are a perk in this profession; most claim both medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision coverage. The majority of Senior Web Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Senior Web Designer Salary (?
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$43,986 - $89,334
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MEDIAN: $64,763
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Senior Web Designer Salary (?
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$16.56 - $61.53
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$43,986 - $89,334  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,784  
Profit Sharing
$976 - $9,826  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$43,202 - $95,131  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 838
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$16.56 - $61.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$26.33 - $58.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,784  
   
Profit Sharing
$976 - $9,826  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$43,202 - $95,131  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 127
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Job Description for Senior Web Designer

A senior web designer is responsible for designing and implementing websites for one or more companies. Depending on the size and structure of their firm, the "senior" designation may refer to either how long they have been employed by their firm or their position relative to other designers; a senior web designer may be a leader for a team of designers as well.
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Senior Web Designer Tasks
  • Ensure creative elements are inline with brand requirements.
  • Interprets creative "look" of each promotion and builds, develops layouts of those materials assigned.
  • Conceptualize, create, develop, design and produce web promotions using graphics design software.

Common Career Paths for Senior Web Designer

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More often than not, Senior Web Designers can expect a sizeable increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like Creative Director can offer an extra $15,347 annually than lower-level jobs in the same field. Senior Web Designers can earn $2,913 or $11,967 more per year when they move into roles as Web Art Directors or User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications)s, a common transition for those in the field.

Senior Web Designer Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Senior Web Designer

Senior Web Designers report exploiting a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Flash, User Interface Design, Design, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 19 percent, 8 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include MySQL, Dreamweaver, and HTML. Most people skilled in Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are similarly competent in Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Web Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Senior Web Designers, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. At career start, salaries are typically $60K, which grow to $66K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $71K after one to two decades. As Senior Web Designers approach two decades on the job, pay accelerates at a slower pace, and typical earnings come to $88K. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$65,000
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For Senior Web Designers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Boston, Seattle, New York, and Washington are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Senior Web Designers earning around 17 percent, 15 percent, 11 percent, and 11 percent more than average. Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Dallas.

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Experience Affects Senior Web Designer Salaries

National Average
$65,000

Skills That Affect Senior Web Designer Salaries

Flash
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Design
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JavaScript
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Microsoft Word
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Graphic Design
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Adobe Photoshop
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Web Design
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Web Development
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$65,000
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
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PHP
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Dreamweaver
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 207 votes.

Gender

Female
37%
female alumni
 
Male
63%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
45%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 15%
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